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PET CT 690

A PET/CT scan is a powerful diagnostic test that combines the metabolic activity of a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) exam with the anatomical images from a CT scan. This combination has a significant impact on the diagnosis and treatment of disease.


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CT scans are helpful in detecting and localizing disease.

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PET is highly sensitive in diagnosing certain diseases at an early stage.

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By combining (fusing) the CT and Pet images into one scan the location of the abnormality can be pinpointed.

Shin Imaging | 3T MRI | Buena Park, Los
Why is pet performed?

PET/CT is most often used to diagnose and stage cancer, as well as to determine how a cancer is responding to treatment.

More specific reasons for PET/CT scans include, but are not limited to,the following:

● To detect the spread of cancer to other parts of the body from the original cancer site

● To evaluate the effectiveness of cancer treatment

● To diagnose dementias (conditions that involve deterioration of mental function), such as Alzheimer; disease, as well as other neurological conditions such as:

○ Parkinson's disease. A progressive disease of the nervous system in which a fine tremor, muscle weakness, and a peculiar type of gait are seen.

○ Huntington's disease. A hereditary disease of the nervous system which causes increasing dementia, bizarre involuntary movements, and abnormal posture.

○ Epilepsy. A brain disorder involving recurrent seizures.

○ Cerebrovascular accident (stroke) 

● To locate the specific surgical site prior to surgical procedures of the brain

● To evaluate the brain after trauma to detect hematoma (blood clot), bleeding, and/or perfusion (blood and oxygen flow) of the brain tissue

● To evaluate the perfusion (blood flow) to the myocardium (heart muscle) as an aid in determining the usefulness of a therapeutic procedure to improve blood flow to the myocardium

● To assist in the management and treatment of lung cancer by staging lesions and following the progress of lesions after treatment

● To detect recurrence of tumors earlier than with other diagnostic modalities

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